Authorities in Mississippi said a suspect was in custody after eight people were killed in a shooting, including a sheriff’s deputy. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the shootings occurred at three separate homes on Saturday night in rural Lincoln County. Two of the homes are in Brookhaven and one is in Bogue Chitto. The area is about 68 miles south of Jackson, the state capital.
Strain said investigators were gathering evidence at all three locations, and that charges had not yet been filed against the suspect. It would be “premature” to discuss a motive, he said.
The identities of the suspect and victims were not immediately released but a local newspaper, the Clarion-Ledger, posted video of a man identified as the suspect talking to a reporter while handcuffed and sitting on a road, surrounded by law enforcement officers.
“I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done,” said the man, who was identified as Cory Godbolt and who said he was talking to his wife and members of her family when somebody called the authorities.
“I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home,” he said. “Somebody called the officer, people that didn’t even live at the house. That’s what they do. They intervene.
“They cost him his life,” the suspect said, apparently in reference to the slain deputy. “I’m sorry.”
He also said he did not intend for police to capture him alive.
“My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets,” he said. “Suicide by cop was my intention.”
Mississippi governor Phil Bryant issued a statement asking state residents to pray for the victims. He also noted the “sacrifice” made by law enforcement officers to protect and serve their communities.
“Every day, the men and women who wear the badge make some measure of sacrifice to protect and serve their communities,” he said. “Too often, we lose one of our finest. I thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their hard work.”
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